Sexiest Man Alive 2008 Articles

Every year, People Magazine names its Sexiest Man Alive. Every year, 2 to 3 weeks prior to the announcement, I handicap the odds and predict the winning dude. Every other year I get it right, starting with Johnny Depp, then missing on Jude Law, correct with Matthew McConaughey, not with George Clooney, and on target finally with Matt Damon in 2007 who, in my defence, I'd been calling for when George selfishly won for the 2nd time the year before. This year, People might very well go with President-Elect Barack Obama. But choosing a politician could be controversial. And People don't like to get the MiniVan all in a snit. Much safer then to stay with the stars, keep it frivolous, leave the important people lists to Time and the other serious publications. So what follows is an analysis of the pros and cons of the contenders. Have I forgotten anyone? Agree or disagree? Wanna fight? As always, would love to hear your comments even if I'm unable to reply. But please remember - it's not who you WANT to be the SMA but who you THINK will be the SMA. And even though, like, Jon Hamm is totally on your Freebie 5, Jon Hamm is also a tv actor on an AMC show that not a lot of people watch. And if Patrick Dempsey couldn't make it, and won't make it again this year, Jon Hamm certainly isn't at all close. When you make your suggestion then, remember, the Sexiest Man Alive is almost always a big, big name, recognisable everywhere. Here we go.

Daniel Craig

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 07:07:36 November 7, 2008 07:07:36

Arguments for: Bond, James Bond. And everything that comes with The film will be released November 14, perfectly timed for the SMA announcement He rejuvenated the franchise, has retained an irresistible air of mystery, and looks f-cking ridiculous sick in a suitArguments against: In an election year, will People name a non-American as the Sexiest Man Alive? And especially one playing a character so through and through British? Again, like Bale and RDJ, it’s not his thing. Full Story

Brad Pitt

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 07:04:19 November 7, 2008 07:04:19

Arguments for: He’s Brad Pitt. He’s always in contention He is a two time holder of the SMA title. No man has ever been awarded 3 times. If there’s to be a first, he would be it The year of the Holy Twins and People scored the official photos. There could also be a deal in the works, especially since Team Pitt will be pushing for an Oscar run Benjamin Button has the early Oscar lead Has been active socially with Make It Right and his stance against Prop 8 The intoxicating appeal of the current iteration of Brad Pitt as a doting father and family man Oprah asked him backArguments against: Has enough time passed? Angelina Jolie is a polarising figure. Full Story

Prediction: Will Smith

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2008 06:59:52 November 7, 2008 06:59:52

Arguments for: Will Smith has box office super powers He is the total package: gorgeous, no scandals, picture perfect family, solid marriage Seven Pounds is his Oscar push. He wants it badly. He’ll do anything to get there Denzel Washington is the only African American who has secured this title. Full Story